Busiate are a kind of fresh pasta speciality taking its name from the busi, the iron implements used to manufacture wool and which in past times were used to prepare it. Their twirled shape holds well the condiment put inside. Traditionally the busiate are garnished with Trapani pesto, a cold mix of tomatoes, garlic, almonds and basil crushed in a mortar. The recipe knows its origin to the more known Genoese pesto, imported into Trapani by Ligurian ships sailing from the Orient. This recipe was altered in Trapani by using more local ingredients.